Blue Mountains Festivals and Events

Your Guide to Events & Festivals in the Blue Mountains

To help you plan your trip to the Blue Mountains we have listed festivals and events throughout the year.

To add a Blue Mountains Event or Festival please email admin@bookbluemountains.com.au

 

Blue Mountains - Yulefest Festival

Yulefest in the Blue Mountains

July and August 2014

Every year between June and August the Blue Mountains enjoys Yulefest - when Christmas is celebrated in July. It began when a group of Irish men were staying at the Mountain Heritage Hotel in the 1980s. They were enjoying sitting around the warm log fire while snow was falling outside. They said to their host - "it feels like Christmas at home in Ireland". The host thought it would be a great idea to re-create a festive 'Winter Christmas' atmosphere for his Irish guests - with all the trimmings including falling snow, Christmas feasts of turkey, mince pies and plum puddings with brandy custard - all part of the Yulefest celebrations.

Daffodils at Rydal

Daffodils at Rydal

13-14 & 20-21 September 2014

Every year in September, the village of Rydal celebrates the arrival of Spring by opening local gardens and village attractions to the public. Thousands of daffodils are blooming!

Gardens are open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm. A $10 entry fee covers all gardens and musical events.

Start at the Information Centre near the railway station and follow the marked walking trail to see public gardens and historic buildings.

Download the 2013 Daffodils at Rydal brochure for more information.

Garden Festival Hazelbrook & Woodford Blue Mountains

Hazelbrook-Woodford Garden Festival

September 2014

The annual Hazelbrook and Woodford Garden Festival takes place over two weekends in September. Seven gardens open to the public from 10am to 4pm on each of those weekends.

There is also an open fuchsia garden and sale, and plenty of activities for children.

Watatah Festival Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Wild about Waratahs Festival, Mt Tomah

20-28 September 2014

Visit the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah for the Wild About Waratahs Festival. The festival features guided walks of the garden's waratah collection, visits to a waratah farm open day, an art workshop on waratahs, a national parks discovery wild waratah walk, and more.

More information available by phoning 02-4567-3000, or at www.mounttomahbotanicgarden.com.au/your-visit/whats-on

The Blue Mountains Film Festival - Katoomba

The Blue Mountains Film Festival - Katoomba

October 2014

The Blue Mountains Film Festival will be held over the first weekend in October at Scenic World against a stunning backdrop of the Three Sisters and the Jamison Valley.

Leura Gardens Festival

Leura Gardens Festival

4-12 October 2014

Still blooming at 50 years!

Back, bigger and better than ever – is the promise of the Leura Gardens Festival Committee for the 50th Anniversary Festival which will take place from 4th-12th October 2014.

The 2014 Festival features a line up of 11 gardens, including many favourites such as the Waldorf, the Everglades, Dead End House, Rustlings, Brabourne and Ewanrigg.

Making a welcome return will be Ilion (and Waitangi), the Braes, Blue Mist, Tanglewood and newcomer Blue Vista.

In addition to the open gardens, the Committee will be working with Garden Clubs Australia, the Leura Village Association and major sponsors to develop a program of special events and celebrations to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Festival in 2014.

Festival of Walking Blue Mountains

Festival of Walking

4-12 October 2014

If you love walking then you won't want to miss the Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon Tourism Festival of Walking. There are a variety of walks during the 9-day festival throughout the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area.

There are guided bushwalks, self-guided bushwalks or other walking trails such as a Wine & Cheese Tasting Walk, Grand Canyon Walk, Henry Lawson Walk, Katoomba Arts Walk and more.

The Festival is a celebration of the beauty of nature, the health and well being benefits of walking, acknowledgement of Aboriginal custodianship and culture and homage to the history, heritage and conservation of the Blue Mountains region.

Leura Village Fair

Leura Village Fair

11-12 October 2014

Visit Leura Mall for this annual event. The Leura Mall comes alive with over 130 market stalls, art displays, live entertainment, fine food and coffee. See the beautiful cherry blossoms lining the centre of the Mall.

Saturday 9am-4.30pm, Sunday 9am-3.30pm.

Blue Mountains Arts Trail

Blue Mountains Arts Trail

11-12 October 2014

The Arts Trail is a free event featuring a collective of local artists who will open their studios to the public, allowing you to explore the rich arts culture the Blue Mountains has to offer. Visitors are encouraged to stroll from studio to studio on their way through the mountains to experience local art first-hand, meet the artists and purchase art from the source. Visit website for more information or the Blue Mountains Artists Network Facebook page for regular updates.

Glenbrook Spring Festival

November 2014

Street markets, rides, amusements for the children, local talent on show. Join in the fun, food and entertainment.

 

Rhododendron Festival - Blackheath

Rhododendron Festival - Blackheath

October - November 2014

The highlights of this festival are:

  • Campbell Rhododendron Gardens open every day
  • Grand Parade - Clanwilliam Street
  • Retailers Window Displays - Blackheath CBD
  • Combined Churches Festival of Flowers, St Aidan's Anglican Church
  • Memorial Gardens Stall Holder Market
Carrington Hotel Katoomba Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest - Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

November 2014

A family day at the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba - Germand bands, dancing, authentic German cuisine, Lowenbrau on tap, souvenir steins.

Join the fun from 11am to 9pm. Admission free.

Oberon & Villages Spring Garden Festival

Oberon & Villages Spring Garden Festival

November 2014

Just beyond the Blue Mountains, Oberon and surrounding villages celebrate Spring with open gardens throughout the region.

Christmas Carols in the Jenolan Caves

Carols in the Caves - Jenolan Caves

December 2014

Every year, Jenolan Caves presents ‘Carols in the Caves’ – its biggest annual event. Two spectacular concerts in the massive Grand Arch - feature well-known Christmas carols, performed by consummate singers, on stage and from rocky ledges far above. In the Blue Mountains Tourism Awards of Excellence, ‘Carols in the Caves’ won the ‘Festivals & Events’ award, for 3 consecutive years and finalists in the NSW Tourism Awards. It is an unforgettable experience for all ages, and supports a worthy cause - The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

Jenolan Caves hosts many underground concerts throughout the year. Experience opera, classical guitar and more, in a truly unique setting. Book on 1300-76-33-11.